from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a spar with a roller or sheave at its end, used for fishing the anchor.


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  • The fish-tackle was got up, fish-davit rigged out, and after two or three hours of hard and cold work, both the anchors were ready for instant use, a couple of kedges got up, a hawser coiled away upon the fore-hatch, and the deep-sea-lead-line overhauled and got ready.

    Two Years Before the Mast Richard Henry Dana 1848


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